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Vitamin D Results Showing Insufficient Levels – Children

If your child’s recent blood tests show they have a slightly low Vitamin D level please follow the advice below;

The recommended treatment for this is:

1) To take a recommended supplement of 10mcg (400IU (International Units)) daily until they are 18 years old and 20mcg (800IU) after that for the rest of their lives. We do not absorb vitamin D well from our diets.

You can buy:
Birth onwards
• Wellbaby Vitamin D3 Drops from Vitabiotics (online), Holland & Barrett or Boots
• Holland & Barrett Healthy Kids Vitamin D3 Drops
Age 3-7years
• Boots Blackcurrant Gummies (10mcg)
• Wellkid Peppa Pig Vitamin D Jellies from Vitabiotics (online), Holland & Barrett or Boots
Older Children
• Holland & Barrett Vitamin D3 10mcg (400IU) tablet
• Boots Vitamin D3 10mcg (400IU) tablet
Over 18 years
• Holland & Barrett Vitamin D3 25mcg (1000IU) tablet
• Boots Vitamin D3 25mcg (1000IU) tablet
• Sunvit D3 20mcg (800IU) tablet from your local pharmacy
• Tesco Vitamin D3 25mcg (1000IU)

2) You must also make sure the amount of Calcium they take in from their diet is enough to allow them to use the Vitamin D correctly. We have enclosed a fact sheet so you can work out how much they eat/drink at the moment and increase it if you need to.

3) Please book for them to have a blood test to check their Calcium level 4 weeks after starting your medication.

4) Our main source of Vitamin D is sunlight. In the UK you can improve your Vitamin D levels by exposure to the sun between March and October. However people with darker skins will have more problems absorbing enough compared to those with lighter skins due to the strength of the suns rays. We have enclosed a fact sheet about boosting their Vitamin D levels using the sun in a safe way.

5) Please book for them to have a further blood test 12 months after starting their medication to check their Vitamin D and Calcium levels are being maintained.

We hope this information is useful, however, if you feel you need to discuss this further please contact the surgery and book a telephone consultation or a face to face appointment with any of our GPs.

Further advice is attached:

Vitamin D Lifestyle Advice